Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Militants attack Congo bases in northeast, killing United Nations peacekeeper

Militants attack Congo bases in northeast, killing United Nations peacekeeper

General Bernard Commins, the Deputy Chief of the UN troops in Congo, said, "At about 0200 GMT, a group of armed men, probably Mai-Mai (a local armed group), attacked the MONUSCO (UN Mission in the DRC) position" near central Lubero, which is located in North Kivu.

The UN mission in Congo, known as MONUSCO, said the casualties occurred during two simultaneous attacks early on Monday, when soldiers were battling the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group along the main road leading from North Kivu province's Beni territory to the Uganda border.

Previously, an attack by rebels on an Indian post took place in 2010 in Kirumba in North Kivu province when three Indian soldiers were killed after the attackers were able to intrude the base, army sources said.

United Nations mission says militia fighters in eastern democratic republic of Congo attacked a U.N. peacekeeping base on Friday, triggering clashes that left two of the fighters dead and two peacekeepers slightly wounded.

The Mai Mai unit which attacked the Indian troopers comprised of 30 militias, he said.

ADF is believed by authorities to have ambushed and killed many civilians nearby this weekend after a lull in attacks against civilians near Beni this year. During the operation two rebels were gunned down and two others were injured.

Further, President Joseph Kabila's refusal to step down at the end of his constitutional mandate last December has fuelled unrest in the country's eastern provinces.

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